Styles or not to styles?

Scenario is as follows:

I use align="center" in a DIV tag to, well, align content to the center.  But when running the page I get a warning saying that align is outdated.  So I'm thinking that styles is a better way to go.

I remove align from the DIV tag and go for the equivalent style in styles - something like: styles="text-align: center;" - don't remember the exact format now but then I use Web Deveoper to set styles so it should be no syntax error.

Anyway, running the page in Internet Explorer 8 and I get no center align what so ever.  It's like IE8 have no idea what to do with styles in a DIV tag.  Using the old fashion align only and IE8 displays the page correctly.  The worst part is that Google Chrome does know exactly what styles="text-align: center;" is supposed to look like.  How is it possible that the very new release of IE don't know this essential information?

Anybody else seen this behaviour in IE8?

, MacGoose

4/25/2009 6:51:31 PM 24353 articles. 1 followers. Follow

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This works in IE7, IE8, F3 and Chrome, what are your trying to center in the div tag?

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" >
    <title>text-align test</title>
    <div style="text-align: center;">
        <div style="text-align: left;">left</div>
        <div style="text-align: right;">right</div>
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Give some of my PWSK modules a try.
4/25/2009 7:19:15 PM
I'm actually trying to center a TABLE that I use for my page layout.  I have noticed that text do align correctly, but how do I then manage to center a TABLE?  Because even the TABLE shows correctly centered in the Design view of Microsoft Viusual Web Developer, but not in any other browser...


, MacGoose
4/25/2009 10:42:39 PM

             <table style="width: 50%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;">


Like this perhaps?


Nullum gratuitum prandium
4/26/2009 2:45:40 AM
To center a block element you should use both left and right margins set to auto: style="margin:0 auto">.

If you would want to align text inside the table then use text-align property: style="text-align:center".

Hope that helps, Dasha
4/26/2009 6:30:53 AM

That actually works for center alignment.  But now another problem arise.  I used valign="top" to align a table to the top.  Now if I use styles to align to the top like: margin: 0px auto auto auto;  This is just like setting everything to auto.  Specifying a absolute alignment is impossible if the opposite is auto...

, MacGoose
4/27/2009 6:40:37 AM

 Dashasalo used some shorthand on her notation of the margin style; "margin: 0 auto;" says set the top margin to "0", the right margin to "auto", the bottom margin to "0" and the left margin to "auto".  It could also be written as "margin: 0 auto 0 auto;" or to be very specific "margin-top: 0; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0; margin-left: auto;".  So in your case I'd specify "margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto;".


Nullum gratuitum prandium
4/27/2009 7:49:50 PM
That won't help me when I need a top-margin of 0px.  I have a TABLE inside another TABLE and I need the second TABLE to be aligned to the top of the first TABLE.  The only thing that I've found to work is to use the valign="top" on the TD that contains the second TABLE.  Any margin styles, be it: "margin: 0px auto 0px auto", or: "margin-top: 0px; margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: auto;" will not allow my second TABLE to be aligned to the top - only valign="top" will...
4/27/2009 8:34:05 PM

 Well, OK.  Then how about trying the "border-collapse: collapse;" style?


Nullum gratuitum prandium
4/27/2009 8:52:34 PM

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